Genia back as Reds captain
Sydney - Australia scrumhalf Will Genia will
make his long-awaited return from injury when he leads the Reds in their Super Rugby match against the Force on Saturday.
25-year-old half-back spent the last six months on the sidelines after
injuring his knee while playing for the Wallabies against South Africa
Genia, nominated for World Player of the Year
award in 2011, will play only the first half of the match against the
Force at Lang Park.
"Hopefully from then on I will be playing the full 80," Genia told reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday.
"I said they would have to handcuff me at halftime because I will want to get back out there.
"But I have to be smart, build up the endurance. It would be wise just to keep it to 40 minutes."
looked at the brighter side of his long absence and sounded confident
of being in good shape before the tour of the British and Irish Lions in
June and July.
"I know I have done the hard work in getting my
body right. It has actually been fortunate in a way because it has
allowed me to have a full pre-season," he added.
"I am refreshed after being out of the game for so long. I am happy about my fitness and my head space."